Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

“Alien – the eighth passenger of the Nostromo”: 45 years since the premiere of Ridley Scott's work

“Alien” is a perfectly balanced and an atmospheric combination of horror and science fiction. The script, written by Dan O'Bannon, tells the story of the seven-person crew of the Nostromo ship traveling through space. As it turns out, they have another random and disturbing passenger on the ship…

“Stranger” introduced a strong female character to the screenalthough in the first version of the script, played by Sigourney Weaver the main character Ripley was supposed to be a man. Thanks to this decision, the trail was paved for other brave, resourceful heroines.

The name of the spacecraft was borrowed from the title of Joseph Conrad's novel “Nostromo”.

The final appearance of the xenomorph in the film was inspired by paintings by Hans Rudolf Giger. The characters he created in the paintings “Necronomicon IV” and “Necronomicon V” were directly transferred to Scott's production. The painter also designed scenography.

She was another inspiration while working on the set literary works of HP Lovecraft and such film works as: “Star Wars” by George Lucas, “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Kubrick or “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” by Hopper.

Many critics noticed in this work the spirit of gothic horrorin which the Alien becomes a specter hunting people in the gloomy Nostromo full of dark corridors (the equivalent of the walls of a Gothic castle).

Currently, the “Alien” series There have been as many as six official versions.

On the list, after “Alien – the eighth passenger of the Nostromo” there are 3 sequels: “Alien: The Final Battle” (1986, dir. James Cameron), “Alien 3” (1992, dir. David Fincher), “Alien: Awakening” (1997, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet) and 2 prequelsalso created by Ridley Scott: “Prometheus” (2012) and “Alien: Covenant” (2017).

They were also created two crossover filmscrossing Alien with the Predator series: “Alien vs. Predator” (2004, dir. Paul WS Anderson) and “Alien vs. Predator 2” (2007, dir. Colin and Greg Strause).

On On August 16 this year, the next, seventh part of the series, “Alien: Romulus”, was announced., which is set to be set between the first two films in the series. Fede Alvarez (“Don't Breathe”) is directing, and Ridley Scott is a producer on this project.

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